I traveled to a golf course in Braintree, MA for my new phenology site over spring break. I saw lots of Eastern White Pines, some paper birches and many different kinds of maple and oak trees throughout the landscape. My phenology site in Centennial had very little pine trees in my specific area (even though they are more in other parts). There was a lake and my phenology site at the beginning of Centennial does not have any water source. While looking around I did find some animal tracks that could potentially be red fox tracks and maybe mice tracks. I have yet to find those tracks in Burlington, but both species could be in Centennial Woods. I have found lots of deer tracks in the woods, which I did not find even though some roam the area. Along the way I did find some goats which I would not find in Burlington. Some bird species I saw flying overhead were geese. I have not been to Centennial Woods yet where I could find bird species, even though they are out there.
Using Wetland, Woodland, Wildland, I believe my phenology site is a Northern Hardwood Forest. There are many deciduous trees like striped maple, boxelder, and ash at my site. I also believed it because there’s a hill and deep slope. Northern Hardwood Forests can have a downslope of soil altered by roads and I saw a few slopes from that. There has not been many phenological changes since my first visit. There is still snow, the trees are bare, and a tree still hovers over the path. I did notice that more trees fell over and were uprooted than I noticed beforehand. I also noticed more animal tracks that were different like dogs, maybe a cat, and one I’m not sure about. I saw tons of deer tracks before and I did not see any this time I visited. With recent precipitation, part of my phenology spot was very icy under the layer of snow. There was a lot of ice on the hill leading into the path.